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Robbie Coltrane, the actor who played Harry Potter’s Hagrid dies at 72

LONDON — Robbie Coltrane has died. He was a baby-faced comedian, actor, and character actor who played hundreds of roles, including the role of a psychologist in “The Cracker” TV series and the role of Hagrid, a gentle half-giant Hagrid, in the Harry Potter movies. He was 72.

Belinda Wright, Coltrane’s agent, said that he had died at home on Friday. However, she did not provide any further details. In one of the many tributes she made, she called him “forensically intelligent” as well as “brilliantly witty”.

J.K. Rowling (author of Harry Potter) tweeted that Coltrane was “an incredible talent and a complete one-off”.

She wrote, “I was so lucky to have known him, worked with him, and laughed my head off with them.”

Coltrane was born in Anthony Robert McMillan, Scotland. He began acting in his 20s and changed his name to John Coltrane.

His screen credits included “Mona Lisa,” and “Nuns on the Run”. He also had notable credits in the film industry, including Kenneth Branagh’s adaptations of “Henry V” and “Mona Lisa.” In the 1990s TV series “Cracker,” he was a tough-bitten detective who won the best actor award at the British Academy Television Awards for three consecutive years.

As the young wizard’s mentor, he appeared in eight of the “Harry Potter” films. He also played a variety of roles in other James Bond movies including the Russian crime boss in “GoldenEye” as well as Pip’s guardian Mr. Jaggers (a 2012 adaptation of Dickens’s “Great Expectations”). He was also praised for his role as a beloved TV star with a dark secret in “National Treasure”, 2016 miniseries. “

Eric Idle, his “Nuns on the Run” co-star, tweeted Friday that he had been discussing Coltrane and “wondering about where he was” when he heard of his death.

“Such an intelligent and bright man. He was a consummate actor, a hilarious comedian, and an incredible actor. Idle also wrote that he was a good friend.

Wright stated that Coltrane is still with his sister Annie Rae and Rhona Gemmell, as well as his children Spencer (and Alice)

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